When a severely damaged tooth no longer serves its function or risks affecting the healthy adjacent teeth, it must be extracted. Tooth extraction is the procedure of removing a damaged tooth along with its root from the socket. Tooth extraction is a straightforward dental procedure usually followed by a dental restoration to replace the lost tooth.
It is particularly important to remove wisdom teeth when there is no room for them to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, swelling, and even infections. Using sedation, we can perform wisdom teeth extraction surgery quickly and painlessly, safeguarding you from the issues these teeth may cause. Ask us what we can do to help alleviate your fears and concerns about this procedure.
Procedure for Tooth Extraction
The first step in a tooth extraction procedure is a thorough examination. The dentist will assess your oral health and take X-rays before making a diagnosis. If an extraction is required, the dentist will plan the procedure accordingly.
Tooth extractions can be:
Simple: A simple tooth extraction is performed by the dentist by loosening the tooth from its socket using specialized instruments and removing it with forceps.
Surgical: Surgical extractions are performed by oral surgeons. A surgical extraction may be done when the teeth are hard to remove and involves making a small incision in the gum and slowly removing the tooth.
When Is Tooth Extraction Required?
Tooth extraction is recommended if the patient experiences any of the following issues:
- If their baby teeth have not fallen out on their own and are blocking the permanent teeth from erupting
- For orthodontic treatment, to provide space for properly aligning the teeth
- If a tooth becomes infected, in order to prevent further damage or loss of the surrounding teeth
- If wisdom teeth become infected or cannot erupt
What Happens After Tooth Extraction?
Our staff is happy to provide continuous care and service to our patients and ensure that the atmosphere is warm, positive, and comfortable so that they can relax before and after tooth extraction. Patients are requested to attend timely follow-ups with the dentist after the extraction and follow the instructions the doctor provides.
Surgical extractions are more complex and patients will be administered sedatives and healing drugs to soothe the after-effects of the procedure. Patients will be advised on how to ensure that their teeth remain clean and healthy after the procedure.
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